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    The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Hundreds of evangelical Christians and Catholics marched yesterday along Main Avenue, in San Jose, to defend the family arrangement “according to God’s design”, and to protest against abortion, homosexuality, in vitro fertilization and euthanasia, which they consider “threats”.

    Using banners and Christian music, protesters walked several blocks to show the importance of “rescuing the traditional family arrangement.” “Abortion is a crime committed by cowards”, “God is never wrong”, “God guides our families”, “Children are a gift from God, not a right” and “Marriage is the foundation of society” were slogans of some banners.

    “We are here to defend the family arrangement constituted by a man and a woman,” said Laura Fernandez, one of the protesters. Julio Gollenaga, member of the organizing committee of the event, said that this “movement is trying to foster a different Costa Rica.” “Those of us who love families want them according to the model of God,” he said. At the end of the march the participants enjoyed a concert of religious music and made a prayer.

    On the other hand, The Diversity Movement, which represents Costa Rica´s gay community, considered that this event “contains a homophobic tone that promotes discrimination against the families they represent and even against other types of families which do not fall under the definition of ´traditional family´.” Some weeks ago the Costa Rican gay community had the traditional “Gay Pride March”, which was attended by many people, and the week before several couples of men appealed to courts asking for legal recognition of their unions.

    In addition, the Costa Rican Congress has been debating, by order of the Court of Human Rights, a bill to re-enable in vitro fertilization in the country, prohibited by the Constitutional Chamber since 2000. EFE

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